Game development

Yuga Labs Opens Otherside for “First Voyages” in Bored Ape Metaverse

Otherside, the highly anticipated metaverse gaming platform from the creators of Bored Ape Yacht Club, is open for business. Almost.

On Saturday, the Yuga Labs-developed game invited 4,300 gamers – called “Voyagers” – for an early technology demonstration and tour of the immersive monkey avatar-navigating online platform. All Otherside players will need to board or view one of these “First Voyages” in order to participate in the game, which has yet to fully begin.

The 4,300 players who took part in yesterday’s digital excursion into the ‘Biogenic Swamp’ that forms the center of Otherside owned ‘Otherdeeds’, deeds on digital plots of land within the platform. form. In a light paper Released shortly after the first trip yesterday, Otherside developers announced that only Otherdeed owners and “selected third-party developers” will be allowed to participate in the game during its first phase.

According to the litepaper, “Phase 1” will see owners of Otherdeed navigate Voyager’s Journey, an 11-part narrative game “surrounding a mysterious obelisk that has appeared in the Otherside universe.” In Phase 1, Otherdeed owners will be able to help build the platform and shape its core capabilities as co-developers, through the Otherside SDK, the platform’s suite of building tools.

“We believe in the extraordinary power of community and have seen firsthand how it can be a significant force for good in this industry,” the litepaper said. “Our goal is to inspire, empower and recognize the expression, creativity and ingenuity of Otherside’s community of contributors.”

The litepaper also doubled down on Otherside’s commitment to interoperability: the ability for digital assets to freely traverse the many digital neighborhoods, or gaming platforms, that may one day constitute the avatar-navigated metaverse. Proponents of an “open metaverse”, such as Yuga Labs, see interoperability as key to the ethos of a democratized and accessible future Internet. These advocates have spoken out about the risk posed by mega-corporations like Meta (formerly Facebook), who may attempt to keep their metaverse offerings firmly edgedto maintain control over user data and analytics.

On Friday, Gordon Goner, one of the co-founders of Yuga Labs, said in a Tweet that Otherside is in direct competition with the “giants” of Web2, but expressed optimism that “the future will lean towards the open and interoperable metaverse”.

The fact that Otherside is currently only accessible to its digital landowners sets it apart from other major metaverse platforms, which are open to all internet users. The cheapest Otherdeeds on the market are currently selling for 2.8 ETH, or just under $3,800, according to data from CoinGecko. Many are much more expensive. When Otherdeeds launched in April, in a wild 24-hour sale which generated $561 million in sales and severely obstructed the Ethereum networkthis floor price was $5,800.

Exclusivity and extremely high financial barriers to entry are key elements of the recipe that has made Yuga’s Bored Ape Yacht Club the most popular and recognizable NFT brand in the world. Yesterday’s announcement highlights the potential tension between this spirit of scarcity and Yuga’s stated desire to put Otherside at the heart of the fight for an “open metaverse.”

For now, Otherside could be considered the most important gated community in the Metaverse.

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